Key Research Interests

Social capital is a contested concept but can be seen as a resource that is created by people through networks, interactions, trust and social norms that can help facilitate mutual gain. Social climate or ‘atmosphere’ is often described as the ‘personality’ or feel that one gets from entering a place such as a care home. My project aims to look at social capital in the different care settings of care homes and hospices and to explore its relationship with the social climate of the care environment, and to look at what role visitors and volunteers have in these environments from a social capital and social climate perspective.  

Supervisors:  Antony Arthur and Francine Cheater